Infinite Galaxy Puzzle can be continuously assembled in any direction in thousands of different ways

12/06/16   filed under: eco play, kid friendly, kids entertainment

puzzle, kid friendly, kids entertainment, family activity

Puzzles are one of our go-to rainy and snow day activities since they keeps kids’ hands busy for big chunks of time while they polish their motor and problem solving skills. This new galaxy-themed puzzle could potentially keep your family gathered around the table forever. It can be built in any direction and can be arranged in thousands of different ways and doesn’t have a fixed shape! The puzzle is mesmerizing to look at. It is printed with satellite imagery from NASA of the galactic center of the Milky Way and laser cut in Massachusetts from birch plywood. Although we understand that younger kids (as well as results-driven adults) might be frustrated by the fact that the puzzle is never “finished,” we love the idea that there isn’t a right way to start or complete it. It’s pretty enough to leave out on a coffee table or in a family room so that people can add on, remove, and rearrange the pieces at their leisure. This unique puzzle contains 133 pieces and includes an astronaut, a shuttle, and a satellite piece that can also fit into the puzzle and get imaginations flaring. Available for pre-order with shipping in early 2017.

+ Infinite galaxy puzzle $100.00

via This is Colossal

 

Bright Lite is an inspiring new magazine that was created for girls, by girls

12/06/16   filed under: art, green education, green kids

Bright Lite magazine, magazine for girls, creative magazine, art

We’ve been seriously impressed with all of the amazing monthly mags for kids, and young women that have launched recently, highlighting art, music, science, well-being and much more. We especially love that instead of offering beauty tips and celeb news, they focus on promoting self-esteem, supporting human rights, and following one’s passions. The recently launched magazine Bright Lite is in this creative vein, and this quarterly has a fun yet important mission: to provide a place for preteen girls to connect, discuss important issues, and to shine a light on their own personal experiences. With a motto of “for girls, by girls,” Bright Lite encourages girls around the world ages 8-12 to submit their own artistic musings to be included in upcoming issues.

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"Let's Play" book shows what 100 Swiss designers create when given children's building blocks

12/06/16   filed under: art

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Nutritionists confirm: vegetarian and vegan diets are full of health benefits for children & adults

12/05/16   filed under: food, green family, green kids, health & body, kids health, parenting, vegetarian

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If you’re raising kids on a plant-based diet, you’re probably used to defending your decision and have an arsenal of responses to questions such as “Where do they get their protein?” or “Aren’t you depriving your children?” Now you have a new official source that supports your lifestyle choice: a position paper published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that confirms a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy option for anyone at any age. The paper purports that veg diets can be “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention or treatment of certain diseases” including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer. For some of these diseases, the benefits are potentially big: a vegan diet reduced the risk of diabetes by 62% and the risk of heart disease by 29%! Of course, one of the key elements to the positive benefits of adopting a plant-based diet is that it is well-planned and includes lots of fruits and veggies as well as whole grains and protein sources like legumes that are not highly refined or processed. Veg families should also make sure they are getting enough of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, iron, B-12, and calcium, whether through plant-based sources or through supplements. The position paper also points out that a plant-based diet is generally gentler on the environment and more sustainable. Raising veg kids is still a controversial decision in certain places, and the holidays are a time when these decisions come under fire more frequently as we share meals and conversations with extended family and friends who might not be aware of the health benefits and ethical reasons behind this decision. This position paper demonstrates that a carefully planned plant-based diet can be great for all ages and activity levels. You may even want to print out a copy for nagging relatives to read!

+ Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets

via Yahoo!

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Santa's workshop made out of 700,000 LEGO bricks on display in London's Covent Garden

12/05/16   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids, kid friendly

LEGO, LEGO installation, kid friendly, LEGO news, kids entertainment, LEGO display, LEGO Santa, LEGO winter display, LEGO holiday display

Santa’s workshop has been temporarily relocated from the North Pole to Covent Garden in London. LEGO-certified professional Duncan Titmarsh, one of only 14 people in the world to hold the prestigious title, and his team created a creative wonderland for Santa and several elves with more than 700,000 LEGO bricks. Located in a favorite area of an already busy city, tourists and residents will likely flock to see Santa and his helpers at work until the end of the month when the installation comes down.

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Mom creates breastfeeding mother Barbie dolls to normalize nursing

12/05/16   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding, parenting

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9 DIY stocking stuffers made from upcycled mint tins

12/04/16   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green family, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, how-to

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13 eco-friendly Christmas-themed crafts for kids

12/03/16   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green holiday ideas for kids

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Hanukkah menorah featuring customized dolls wearing flame hats

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Hanukkah menorah featuring customized dolls wearing flame hats

Kiddos love to partake in the Hanukkah tradition of candle-lighting, an integral part of the Festival of Lights, but with little ones it’s tricky because, you know, FIRE! This…

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Girl invents KidKnits knitting kits to support women in Rwanda and Chile

Girl invents KidKnits knitting kits to support women in Rwanda and Chile

We love presents that give back, we love gifts that get our kids involved in crafts, and we especially love when forces align to create an activity/present that also helps others in…

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Handcrafted unicorn horn headbands open new portals of magical make believe

Handcrafted unicorn horn headbands open new portals of magical make believe

Unicorn horns are handmade in Brooklyn by Brooklyn Owl small business owner and mom Annie Bruce and her team of seamstresses. The unicorn horn accessory was designed by Annie and her…

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Here's hoping the proposed LEGO Addams Family mansion makes it to store shelves in a 'snap'

Here's hoping the proposed LEGO Addams Family mansion makes it to store shelves in a 'snap'

The Addams Family may not be on your kid’s radar, but you likely grew up loving reruns of the show or the cult classic, star-studded movie adaptations. Although the kooky and…

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Kids can build countless furniture and toy configurations using 100% recyclable Spyntex

Kids can build countless furniture and toy configurations using 100% recyclable Spyntex

How about instead of telling a child to pull up a chair, you challenge her to build it herself? She might make a chaise lounge, a slide, a sofa of sorts, a rocking chair, or perhaps a…

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WonderSphere is a sealed mobile chamber that enables hospitalized children to interact with nature

WonderSphere is a sealed mobile chamber that enables hospitalized children to interact with nature

Wonder Connection founder, outdoors lover, and science teacher Katie Stoudemire volunteered at children’s hospitals while earning her biology degree, and she believed that…

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Artist paints glow-in-the-dark starscape on child's bedroom ceiling to help soothe him at bedtime

Artist paints glow-in-the-dark starscape on child's bedroom ceiling to help soothe him at bedtime

Unless you’re extremely fortunate, as a parent you have likely experienced at least one phase when your child has been mutinying against sleep. Such was the case with little Ben,…

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Spellbinding, spectacular Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree

Spellbinding, spectacular Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree

Kathryn posted pictures of her Harry Potter tree to her Facebook page accompanied by the simple quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers…

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Forward-thinking Finnish school combines the country's educational ethos with modern, nature-inspired design

Forward-thinking Finnish school combines the country's educational ethos with modern, nature-inspired design

Entire walls of glass windows allow for a view of the outside world and make the main building appear to be more closely aligned in design with a modern art museum than the staid,…

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HOW TO: Make a pine cone wreath using found and fallen flora

HOW TO: Make a pine cone wreath using found and fallen flora

1. Gather your materials. Go on a nature walk, preferably with the whole family, and pick up fallen pine cones, pine needles, interesting twigs, acorns, etc. Any of these fallen and…

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